Turning wild ideas into world-changing impact

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ABOUT THE FOUNDATION

TO UNIFY FORCES OF NATURE

The WILD ELEMENTS Foundation, a conscious catalyst for change, accelerates efforts to restore our global ecosystem. We are fueled by the Power of Three, a symbiotic union between Animalkind, Humankind, and Plantkind™, because one can’t thrive without the other. 

We disrupt philanthropy with intention and lead with compassion, shifting power and vital resources to women, indigenous communities, and people of color on the frontlines of conservation.

By diversifying funding and leveraging creative storytelling, we make every grant exponentially more impactful -- advancing and scaling environmental change. 

We believe in a future where all Wildkind can thrive.

WILD INNOVATORS & ADVOCATES

Wild Innovators & Advocates

Conservation powered by connection. Our global flagship WILD Innovators + WILD Advocates program connects Innovators (conservationists, scientists, activists and community organizers) with Advocates (influencers and culture-shifters with significant social reach) to amplify understanding, spark conversations, and inspire action.

PARTNERS & GRANTEES

The WILD ELEMENTS Foundation is common ground, a shared space where we achieve more together than we ever could alone. We unify forces of nature and make grants to organizations committed to restoring the Power of Three, so that all kind can thrive.

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MIT SOLVE

MIT Solve seeks tech-based solutions from social entrepreneurs around the world that address Global Challenges.

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WILDLIFE CONSERVATION NETWORK

WCN protects endangered wildlife by supporting conservationists whose efforts help wildlife and people to coexist and thrive.

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NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL

NRDC is helping Hollywood take on the climate crisis through Rewrite the Future, an initiative that enlists the power of storytelling to help turn the crisis around.

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ONE EARTH

One Earth connects philanthropic capital to place based initiatives that contribute directly towards the collective goal of staying below 1.5°C in global average temperature rise.

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THE RECYCLING PARTNERSHIP

Working in thousands of communities across the U.S., The Recycling Partnership transforms residential recycling and tackles circular economy challenges.

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RODALE INSTITUTE

Rodale Institute is growing the regenerative organic movement through research, farmer training, and consumer education.

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Women’s Earth Alliance

WEA is a global initiative that trains, resources and catalyzes grassroots women’s networks in some of the most environmentally threatened places in the world to protect our environment.

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JOIN US

THRIVE AS ONE

We are forces of nature working as one, united by a belief that for one to thrive, all must thrive. Join us to learn about more wild solutions and how you can help restore symbiosis Animalkind, Humankind and Plantkind.

THE BOARD

We believe that greater diversity in the world of funding is essential to preserving and promoting biodiversity across the planet. Our dedicated team oversees all initiatives implemented by the Wild Elements Foundation, and ensures that our actions remain true to our values every step of the way.

Heidi Nel

HEIDI NEL

President, WILD ELEMENTS Foundation

Nikki Eslami

NIKKI ESLAMI

Board Secretary, CEO + Founder, WILD ELEMENTS

Rob Sebastian

ROB SEBASTIAN

Board Treasurer, Chief Strategy Officer + Co-Founder, WILD ELEMENTS

Nick Tedesco

NICK TEDESCO

Board Member, President + Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for Family Philanthropy

Brandi Colander

BRANDI COLANDER

Board Member, Former Deputy General Counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality